The same with most tenants, you presumably look forward to the time when you will receive your security deposit back. It is worth noting though that owning a pet while renting a home may decrease your odds of being paid a full refund. Even though your landlord might allow pets, it’s up to you to make sure your pet doesn’t damage the property. In the event that you don’t take proactive actions to confirm that they are properly cared for and well-behaved, you could end up losing your deposit or even paying more for any damage caused by your pet. The great thing about this is that as a pet owner and a renter, there is a lot you can do to curb the impact your pet will have on your rental property.
The appropriate approach to ensure both you and your Key Biscayne rental home is protected is to make sure that your pet is clean and healthy. Regularly bathing and grooming your pet can help keep them comfortable and reduce unpleasant odors that can accumulate on furniture, walls, and carpeting. You ought to also have a plan to keep your pet free of fleas or other parasites, which can infest a home as well as harm your pet’s health. Preventing fleas is much easier than trying to remove them later, so it is worth the energy to be proactive about it.
Another very important way to guard your rental home against unwanted damage is to properly train and supervise your pet. Pets like cats and dogs need to be trained to make use of a litter box or a yard to eliminate waste. If such training does not happen, pets can urinate or worse inside the rental home, leading to severe damage to walls, floors, and even fixtures. Once carpeting has been urinated on, it is very hard to get completely clean again. Rather, make sure you give your pet an appropriate place to do their business.
If accidents do transpire, enzyme products should be used to completely remove the smell of pet urine and to discourage your pet from going back to that same spot. Unwanted urination, chewing, and other behaviors are also the result of leaving a pet home alone for hours or even days at a time. Indeed, even pets left in the yard all day will dig holes, chew up sprinkler lines and plants, and cause other types of damage. There are several ways to keep your pet and your property safe while you are gone, from having somebody attend to them during the day to crate training them (for dogs). As a tenant, it is important to properly supervise your pet or risk losing your security deposit when you move out.
Ultimately, to limit the presence of your pet in your rental home, it is crucial to regularly clean up after them. Pet waste should be promptly and correctly disposed of, and pet beds, kennels, cages, or other areas cleaned frequently. Pets who live in dirty conditions can contract a wide range of diseases, several of which they can pass to humans. Dirty pets, yards, and homes also tend to attract insects and unwanted pests, which pose further health risks and can cause further damage to the property.
Owning a pet is a big responsibility; however, it doesn’t have to hinder getting your security deposit back. By taking a few proactive steps, you can guarantee that you, your pet, and your home are clean and properly cared for.
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